What could possibly make several hundred people cram together in a space about the size of a suburban house, on one of the hottest nights of an Adelaide summer? The correct answer is: the dulcet tones of Mr Paul Dempsey.
Although Dempsey toured twice last year to promote his solo album “Everything is True”, he was joined on both occasions by a backing band and, by his own calculations, it had been almost two years since he’d done a solo show in Adelaide. These unaccompanied performances prove that he doesn’t need any help to captivate a room.
The set list featured the majority of tracks from his album, a couple from the back catalogue of Dempsey’s band Something For Kate, as well as some new material. Dempsey is also well known for his great cover versions and he didn’t disappoint, with an inspired rendition of MGMT’s ‘Time to Pretend’ and, traditional favourite, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’. Each song was received with great enthusiasm by the crowd, who made up for their lack of dancing (it was just too hot!) with loud and enthusiastic applause. They were rewarded with friendly banter from Dempsey and two encores.
Although everyone was very happy to move out into the fresh air at the end of the night, it was well worth the roasting to get to spend an evening revelling in the music of this brilliant gentleman of Australian music.
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